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New guide for health professionals working to close the gap in health equality

Date posted: 28 March 2018

Minister for Indigenous Health, Ken Wyatt AM, has launched the updated third edition of the National guide to a preventive health assessment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The guide is a practical resource intended for all health professionals delivering primary healthcare to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Its purpose is to provide GPs and other health professionals with an accessible, user-friendly guide to best practice preventive healthcare for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients.

'Prevention is always better than cure,' said Minister Wyatt. 'Already one of the most widely used clinical guidelines in Australia, this edition includes critical information on lung cancer, Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder and preventing child and family abuse and violence.'

'It will help increase vigilance over previously undiagnosed conditions, by promoting early intervention and supporting broader social change to help individuals and families improve their wellbeing,' said Minister Wyatt.

The guide, which was first published in 2005, is a joint project between the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP).

Source: Department of Health, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners

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